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Just a quick reminder, tomorrow is the last day for submissions on Auckland Transport’s proposal for a cycleway on Quay St.

Quay St Cycleway - Along Quay St

Time is running out to have your say on the Quay St Cycleway with public consultation closing this Friday at 5pm.

Auckland Transport wants feedback on the cycleway which will run on the north side of Quay St from Lower Hobson St to Plumer St.

The proposed design is a mix of two way on road cycle lanes separated from traffic by raised kerbs, a shared path and two way cycle lanes flush with the footpath. Connecting with the Nelson St Cycleway and the Viaduct at Lower Hobson St, the cycleway will improve access for people walking and cycling to and within the city centre. Ultimately the cycle network will extend all the way to the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path at Hobson Bay.

The cycleway is an interim solution as Auckland Council plans a coastal boulevard in this area in the coming years.

It will provide greater transport choice for people travelling into and around the city centre says Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling manager, Kathryn King.

“We know that this is already a popular route for people cycling, and this cycleway will make cycling to the city centre more attractive and convenient by providing protection from general traffic.

“Having on-road cycle lanes will free space for people walking along the waterfront. This cycleway is a key component of the cycle improvements planned for the city centre. We are creating a grid of cycleways with Quay St, Karangahape Rd and Victoria St running east, west and Nelson St, Grafton Gully in the north, south direction.”

Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency are working together on a three year $200 million programme of investment in cycling to make it safer and more convenient to travel by bike. Central Government has made a significant contribution to funding through the Urban Cycleways Programme.

The number of people cycling in Auckland continues to grow; especially in the city centre. Survey results indicate that over the last year there has been a 35% increase in people who cycle in the Auckland region and a 50% increase in the number of people cycling in the Grafton Gully, Symonds St corridor.

 

11 comments to Submit on Quay St

  • Max

    This tweet-chain by Bike Auckland includes a variety of feedback comments we made on the design, quite a few relating to the things discussed on TB and BikeAKL blogs when the design was first shown a few weeks ago:

    https://twitter.com/BikeAKL/status/674717428211781632

  • Mike

    We hope they dont use a priduct call MMA to mark these lanes .It has been banded in the Goldcoast .due to the issues with the enviroment and health issue with the people who are using MMA

    • Chris

      Care to elaborate? What is the issue exactly?

      • Greg N

        The issue is that its not his product being used, so he isn’t making any money from it, thats what.

        • Rob Mayo

          Mike as in Michael Browne from Mobility Research Centre by any chance?

          • Ben

            Mike as in Mike Sheerin from a company called Rockbind, which is a supplier of specialist surfacing products – e.g. the resins and aggregates used for cycle lanes, bus lanes, high friction surfacing, etc.

          • Mike Sheerin, being the same guy who yells STOP SPENDING MAH RATES MONIES every time the CRL is mentioned? If at the same time he’s trying to use this blog to astroturf for his own company, this is precisely the kind of person who ruins everything good about Auckland, out of pure selfishness and entitlement.

  • KLK

    The “Coastal Boulevard” sounds good, but would mean the end of the red fence, surely…

    And, sigh – look at those wasted wharves….

    • Ari

      That rusty old fence is our HERITAGE! I’ll fight till my dying breath to keep them there. I don’t remember why they are there ,but they have always been there and that’s where they should always stay because its our heritage! We must keep all old stuff because its heritage!! Heritage!! Who are these bike people who are trying to destroy our way of life?!? Why won’t anyone think of the children?! It’s our heritage! Keep the flag too!

    • Removal of the fence is incredibly unlikely. The council’s heritage listing prohibits it from being demolished, or for any “primary feature” of the fence to be relocated either on or off site – and all the fence components are listed in “primary features”. None of the concepts seem to show it being removed either, unless I’ve missed something…

      You could get a coastal boulevard on the other side of the fence simply by opening the main wharf gates, or unhooking and swinging parts of the fence open as gates (which would be non-complying under Council rules, so would need to go through consent and possibly challenges, but wouldn’t constitute removal or demolition of the fence). Note: I am not a heritage or council regulations expert.

  • KLK

    I sort of envisaged parts of it being removed – you could have the fence run for 20m then a 5m gap, so people could move relatively freely between Quay St and the wharves.

    I supposed its only really an issue for the small section between Bledisloe Wharf and the ferry building. Maybe just gaps to align with Captain Cook and Marsden Wharf, when those are open to the public.

    Looking at the picture again it doesn’t look to be too much of a hindrance…

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